Abrams Original BBQ Sauce Review

Continuing our series about Maryland based BBQ sauce companies, we present our review of Abrams Original BBQ Sauce from Laurel, Maryland.

Henri and Kim Abrams started their company the way many couples have, with a recipe and a backyard full of friends and family cheering them on to market their product to the masses. They are “passionate” about their product using only fresh ingredients, and their original “tangy” sauce is “perfect for those who prefer mild BBQ flavor with a hint of kick”.

In their own words,

Abrams BBQ was started from a dare. After years of cooking and encouraged by family and friends, we took a leap of faith. We went to community yard sales to see if others would enjoy our products and they were a success. We always sold out our stock of 100 within one hour! People were chomping at the bit for more! We knew we had a winner with our sauces and meat rub — try some, and you’ll agree!

Abrams Original BBQ Sauce texture

Nice texture from Abrams Original BBQ Sauce

Abrams Original All-Natural BBQ has no artificial flabors, MSG, or preservatives.

For this review, we tried Abrams Original on both ribs and chicken wings. The results were incredibly good.

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Red Brothers Fiery Habanero All Natural BBQ Sauce

While at the Swinetastic BBQ Festival, a KCBS Competition in Frederick, MD on June 17-18, 2011, I happened upon a couple of Maryland-based BBQ sauce companies. John Layton of Red Brothers was participating in the Backyard Competition while his brother Chris manned their vendor’s booth. After tasting 2 of their 3 BBQ Sauces, I decided to purchase the hottest of the offerings, their Fiery Habanero All Natural BBQ sauce. Based on an 80 year old family recipe from their Grandma D (a great family story, BTW), I persuaded Brian to try this on wings this weekend. Although neither of us prefer a hot BBQ sauce, we decided to give it a go, based on the flavor profile, and the fact that it may make for some great “hot” wings.

Red Brothers Fiery Habanero BBQ Sauce

Red Brothers Fiery Habanero BBQ Sauce

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Guy Fieri Salsa Verde Green & Mean Review

guy-fieri-salsa-verde-bottle

Our first review of the new line of Guy Fieri Salsas spotlights the mildest version – Salsa Verde Green & Mean. “… fire roasted poblano and green peppers and backin’ it up with zesty lime and a pinch of cumin. This salsa is so ‘money’ it’s green!

Texture & Appearance:Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – True to its name, this salsa has a pleasant mellow green color, not the bright neon that other artificially colored salsa verdes have. I like the texture created by uniformly diced pieces of onions and peppers. The base sauce has a smooth consistency, kind of slick and almost gravy-like, which is my least favorite aspect of the salsa. This is probably from the vegetable stock which contains cornstarch.

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Review of Pepperika 7 Pepper Hot Sauce

Pepperika 7 Pepper Hot Sauce is just what the name says: A hot sauce made from 7 different peppers and little else.

The first smell is very tomato-ey (that’s a word because I say so), and doesn’t give much of a clue of the heat that resides within. I was a little skeptical at first, as it smelled like salsa, not a hot sauce which normally has at least some vinegar.

Pepperika 7 Pepper Hot Sauce

The consistency is perfect. It doesn’t run off the food and has a nice thick texture, with bits of peppers and tomatoes throughout. It doesn’t separate easily, and when you shake it you have to be sure to tap the bottom of the bottle to keep it from gathering at the top before you open it. I’m sure most of you have experienced shaking a bottle of sauce, opening the top, and having the contents pop up in your face or all over the counter when you put the bottle down.
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Happy Valentine’s Day 2011

We meet so many couples that are in the biz, creating their sauces, cooking their BBQ for competitions and markets, and trying to break free of the 9 – 5 day to achieve their freedom. We just wanted to wish you all a great Valentine’s Day and thank you for reading our blog.

Benito’s Chipotle Infused Vermont Maple Syrup

We received a nice surprise in the mail recently; a bottle of Benito’s Chipotle Infused Vermont Maple Syrup.

benitos chipotle infused vermont maple syrup

When we first unwrapped the bottle, we thought, “Hmm, we’re not really crazy about heat with our sweet, but we love maple syrup”, so we decided to give it a try. The first taste was a warm, smokey sweetness, with a nice heat that lingered for just a moment.

The first words out of my mouth were “I see pancakes and sausage in my future!”

benitos on pancakes

This morning, we cooked up sausage patties (we used a mild version so we wouldn’t affect the heat level of the syrup) and pancakes. With just a light drizzle on the pancakes, we were brought back to sitting by the campfire eating pancakes and sausage cooked over the flames. Smokey, sweet, with a nice mellow heat filling my mouth, I wound up dunking the pancakes into a bowl of the syrup. It was so good, I had to sit right down and write this review.

As you can see from the photos, this is a thin syrup, with a lovely amber color. According to the label, Ol’ Benito smoked the peppers himself:

“The pure maple syrup in this product was harvested by old-school Vermont sugarmakers in Jeffersonville, VT. It has been combined with the essence of organic smoked jalapenos grown with love at Foote Brook Farm in Johnson, VT. I smoked the jalapenos myself with a mixture of half hickory, half mesquite wood. It has a unique hearty smokiness, with a subtle heat. it goes well with any kind of bbq, chicken, pork or beef, sweet potatoes, vanilla ice cream, and breakfast sandwiches.”

Final impression:

WINNER! Perfect blend of sweet, smoke and heat. Rated 5 out of 5 Stars

Ingredients:

VT Maple Syrup, organic chipotle peppers.

You can find this and Benito’s other sauces over at BenitosHotSauce.com
And check out his 1st Place Scovie 2011 award winning Vermont Maple Chipotle Dry Rub

HSW 035 ZestFest 2011

In this episode we bring you a live report from the floor of ZestFest 2011, courtesy of Scott Roberts of ScottRobertsWeb.com.

But first we wrap up our Week of Wings II on HotSauceDaily.com.

Then we say thanks to some of the listeners that have contacted us.

B More Nutz Nutterz Review

We recently opened a few bags of B More Nutz potato chip coated peanuts called Nutterz to bring you this review of a great spicy snack.

Dick Taylor, founder and president of B More Nutz (outside Baltimore, or Bawlmer, hon), has brought an amazing new food concept to the USA. Inspired by the snacks he enjoyed on his pub crawls in Scandinavia, he has created an extensive line of potato chip coated peanuts, called Nutterz. These are so addictive, with so much flavor (and some heat, depending on which one you select) that I’ve eaten about a quarter of a bag, just now, in the name of research. (Ah, the sacrifices we make!)

With flavor profiles ranging from savory regional flavors (Crab Flavor, reminiscent of Old Bay), to Bacon Cheddar (one of the best sellers), Nuclear (too hot for me), and my personal favorite, Jalapeno Cheddar, he has brought an incredibly crunchy, “OMG, these are so good” bar/football party/hang out with your buddies/pop in your mouth snack foods. Not greasy like potato chips, not too salty like some nuts, I cannot say enough good things about Nutterz. Sold in 9 oz. resealable bags or 5 lb Party Pails, these are sure to start popping up in bars and living rooms across the country.

I was curious as to how these wonderful things are actually created. Here’s the info from his website, bmorenutz.com:

We take a whole peanut, skin on, and coat it with potato batter—then fry it briefly in 100% pure peanut oil to give it a crispy shell. Seasonings from all-natural sources are added to give each Nutterz a unique flavor. Unlike potato chips, these won’t go stale… and we’ve never kept them around long enough anyway.

Until I read this, I hadn’t realized the skins were left on the peanuts.( I never liked the “paper” found on regular Spanish peanuts). They are so light and crunchy, savory and yes, addictive. Believe me when I say you must try these. Go to www.bmorenutz.com, or www.peppers.com, to place your order. Get a few bags because they go fast!

Texture & Appearance: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – I love the texture – a crisp crunchy coating on the outside complemented by the softer peanut inside.

Taste: Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars – savory, spicy, salty, lots of levels of flavors

Heat Level: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – varies with flavor chosen, but none are without some heat.

Label/Graphics: Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars – great attention-grabbing graphics, superior packaging in a well-made foil bag with closures.

Overall Rating: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – Great flavors, satisfying texture, and spicy profile make these a “must have onhand” at our house!

Ingredients: peanuts, potato starch, sugar, flour, peanut oil, corn meal, egg whites, salt, sodium bicarbonate, cheese powder (pasturized milk, salt, cheese cultures, enzymes), whey, maltodextrin, sugar, msg, onion and garlic, citric acid, oleoresin, parika, soybean oil